You’re probably familiar with video game characters like Mario, Princess Peach and Link, but you’ve never seen them like this. Artist Astor Alexander has taken the Nintendo classics and turned them into masterpieces in the styles of film noir, renaissance, and more. Alexander’s work gives a much more serious look at these characters, making them seem more human, and their quests more relatable than they might in the video games.

See a few of his pieces below, and the rest on his website: